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Holiday Open Houses at Mt. Ida

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Mt. Ida will be open on December 5 and 6 for a Holiday Open House from 1-4 p.m. each day. The mansion has been decorated in an old fashioned Holiday Theme and features a train garden, beautiful decorations and light refreshments. There is no charge for this event as we just want our friends and neighbors to stop by and enjoy some holiday treats. In the holiday spirit? Bring a small unwrapped gift for an underprivileged child. Check out our flier for more information.


Meriwether Farm
2014 HEC, Inc. 
Show House

Nominate A Home For 2016 Decorator Show House

Thousands of people toured the Meriwether Farm (circa 1805) Decorator Show House in the fall making 2014’s event one of the most successful in HEC history. Many thanks to our hard working talented designers who transformed this houses into a work of art. Special thanks to all our friends who purchased tickets and made this event so successful.  Unfortunately, we were unable to find a suitable show house for 2015.  The inventory of historic homes in Howard County is dwindling and finding a home on a large enough parcel of land is proving difficult.

Do you know a house that would make a great 2016 Decorator Show House? The Show House Committee is already busy visiting possible sites but they are far from making a final decision. Nominate your house or one in your neighborhood. The ideal house would be an old stately home in Howard County with the ability to use/create parking nearby. The house should be in livable condition needing mostly design and cosmetic improvements. Send your nomination to historicEC@hotmail.com.  View the criteria for the ideal house.

This will be the 30th Anniversary of the Decorator Show House and we want this year to be the best one yet! Watch for details.